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tilden.jpgRCNC 261 Walter Tilden – 1945
TILDEN, Walter Benedict CM., C.St.J., B.Comm., D.Sc.Mil. (Hon.) Died at home in Toronto on July 9, 2008 soon after his 80th Birthday. He is survived by his wife Jane (Brenchley); his children Bruce, David, Jill, Roger, Joanne, Robert and his wife Donna; his grandchildren Emma, Molly, Benjamin, and William; and his brother Robert. He was predeceased by his infant son Andrew, and by his brothers Sam and Ted. Walter was born in Montreal to Sam and Sylvia Tilden. He graduated from Westmount High School, Royal Canadian Naval College (Royal Roads) in Victoria, and McGill University (B.Comm. 1950). His entire working career was in the car rental business – first in Montreal, then Ottawa and Toronto. He served on many business and professional organizations. In 1993, he and his brother Ted were inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Walter’s Community Service was constant and varied. For more than 45 years, he served Scouts Canada – eventually as National President and the first-ever Chairman Emeritus. For “Distinguished Service”, he received Scouts Canada’s highest honours: the Silver Acorn and the Silver Wolf. Other Honours include the Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilee Medals, an Honorary Degree from Royal Roads, and Membership in The Order of Canada. Always the sportsman and outdoorsman, Walter won letters at McGill in golfing, rugby, skiing, squash, and water polo. Fishing, hunting, hiking, and canoeing were life-long passions. He also became a keen and knowledgeable collector of Canadian landscape art. Walter’s devotion to his family and country and a host of friends around the world speak of a life truly well lived. Cremation has taken place and interment of ashes will be in Dunany, Quebec where the Tilden family has spent so many happy summers. A Memorial Service of Thanksgiving will be held in Toronto on Monday, July 21, 2008 at 2 p.m. at Eglinton St. George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd followed by a reception. For those who so wish, memorial donations to Scouts Canada will be very much appreciated.
Published in the Ottawa Citizen from 7/12/2008 – 7/14/2008

2 Comments

  • Chris Chance

    July 18, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Walter Tilden was a great Canadian who never forgot nor took for granted his time at Royal Roads. Although none of their children chose to attend Military College, he and his wife Jane took a particular interest in my attendance, coming to both my graduation from Royal Roads and also from RMC. He was a tremendous individual with an outstanding devotion to his family and passion for Canada, whose presence and influence will be greatly missed.

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  • stewart learning

    January 11, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    i had the pleasure to know walter from up on the eagle river,he was a great fellow and forever missed on the eagle anyway my friend tigh lines